I became involved with Union Board freshman year and never looked back.
Seeing students make choices that directly impact the campus made me want to take on a larger role. My junior year, I was elected to the 107th Union Board and I chose to be the Current Topics director, focusing on lectures.
Being able to work on events such as tonight’s lecture by IU alumnus Will Shortz, editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, has been an eye-opening experience. He will present “The Art of the Puzzle” at 8 p.m. at Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union and will give a public lecture, “Sam Loyd: Puzzle King” tomorrow (Nov. 5) at 5:30 p.m. at the Lilly Library.
Seeing an event from start to finish is extremely gratifying. Through planning events, I’ve learned how to effectively communicate, lead meetings, and be an organized college student (it’s actually possible). Balancing my role as a director with school and playing video games with my roommates can be challenging, but staying organized has taught me how to manage my time.
Now that I’m a senior, I’m so thankful my parents nudged me to go to school here. My mom, brother, and other relatives attended IU. My most influential visit to IU during high school was to see my older brother Aaron working in the Union Board office. Walking through the office and seeing posters of people like Jay Leno, George Carlin, and Bob Dylan performing simply entranced me, and the gingerbread cookies from Sugar and Spice sealed my decision.
At IU, students are lucky to have hundreds of different organizations to join. For me, the advisors, faculty, and students who make up Union Board are what have made me stay a part of this organization all four years.
I am really excited to see what Will Shortz has to say about his time at IU. We’re fortunate to have an alumnus who wants to come back to campus and speak to students — and since he is the grand master of everything puzzle-related, I’m hoping to gain some hints on how to beat my brothers in Settlers of Catan.